Make a Moving Checklist Before Relocating to Singapore


Organisation is key when planning any move but it is even more critical when you are relocating to Singapore. Once you are in your new country, it will be much harder to tie any loose ends at home. A checklist will help you keep track of what needs to be done and you will be more in control.

Passports and Visas

This may sound like a given but this should be at the top of your moving checklist for SG: make sure that you and your family have valid passports to travel. If your employer is applying for your work permit, they will prefer it if your passport is valid for more than two years so that it does not expire before your work permit does.

Arrange Accommodation

Research the area where you are moving and, if possible, travel to Singapore beforehand. If you are renting at home, notify your landlord. Check your contract to see how much notice you need to give. If you are selling your home, put it in the market at least 90 days in advance. If you are renting it out, contact a real estate agency to secure tenants.

Make Travel Arrangements for Pets

If you are travelling with a dog or a cat, read the guidelines provided by the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore. Some breeds of cats and dogs are not allowed into the country. You must also check that your furry friend is allowed in your intended residence. Your pet might need to undergo quarantine, this depends on your country of origin. The UK, the Republic of Ireland, Australia and New Zealand are currently exempt from this requirement.

Get Your Driving License

Apply for your international driving licence, which is usually valid for a year. You can then get a Singaporean driving licence. If you want to avoid taking a practical driving test in in Singapore, be sure to change you home country license over to a Singapore license before you have been resident in Singapore for one year.  You will need to sit a theory test for this.  Different rules apply to new Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents.  For more information, do to

Travel Insurance and Health Checks

Arrange travel insurance for you and your family. Take everyone, including your pet, for a complete health check a few weeks before relocating to Singapore. Visit your doctor, dentist and vet to get copies of everyone’s medical records. Do not forget to ask them about vaccines you might need.

Contact Moving Companies

Get in touch with international moving companies and get quotes. Engaging your movers early is important, especially if you are moving during the summer.

Select the items that you are taking with you and start donating, selling or storing those you wish to leave behind. Experts in relocations to Singapore will take care of the paperwork and logistics for you.

Cancel Your Utilities and Pay Your Bills

Call your service providers and notify them of your plans to move abroad. Cancel your contracts and pay any outstanding bills. You might want to leave some money with a friend or relative in case you miss something.


There will be a lot going on before and during your move but try to enjoy the process, after all, this is a moment worth savouring.  


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